Kid Friendly Healthy Home

A large part of keeping children healthy and safe is maintaining a clean home. A dirty, cluttered house is full of potential hazards for kids. Dirt, dust, and mold can be removed; sharp objects like knives and scissors can be easily put away. However, it’s the less obvious dangers that put children in the greatest peril. Hidden away in containers, cleaners, and the air are a multitude of lesser-known dangers.

Common household containers can contain toxic chemicals. Early studies show that exposure to Bisphenol A, a chemical traditionally used to harden plastics, correlates with behavior and cognitive issues in babies and young children. Bispenol A, or BPA, is used as a sealant in a majority of canned food items. The chemical is also found in many plastic containers produced in 2011 or earlier. Even more toxic chemicals are found in common cleaning solutions around the house. Dishwasher soaps, carpet cleaners, and all-surface cleaners contain toxic chemicals that are especially harmful to children. Forunately, these necessary cleaners are easily replaced with safer cleaners made from safer components.

Dusting isn’t the only way to keep the air clean and safe for kids. Air fresheners, while pleasant-smelling, may contain as many harmful chemicals as cleaning solutions. Even hand soap containing fragrances is especially harmful to children with asthma, so consider forgoing the scented soap. In addition, basic HVAC maintenance keeps the air safe and clean. Keeping HVAC equipment in working order, with clean filters, prevents most air pollutants from entering the home. This infographic highlights the most important ways to keep children safe and healthy.

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Disclaimer: This is a collaborative guest post.

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